Information on the transfer of Syria a month ago, S-300 air defense missile systems (SAM) is not true. This was stated to journalists by a military-diplomatic source, commenting on the statements of Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad that these systems were put into operation a month ago.
According to the agency’s interlocutors, Syrian government troops have various Soviet-designed air defense systems, as well as modern Russian “Pantsir” complexes. “All of them proved effective enough in the course of reflecting a missile strike by the United States, Britain and France on Syria on the night of April 14. The Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-300 has no Syrian government troops, “the TASS interlocutor underlined.
The military-diplomatic source of RIA Novosti also said that the Syrian government forces do not have a Russian S-300 air defense system.
Earlier, Haddad, responding to a question from journalists when Russian S-300s could supply Syria, stated that they had started working in the republic a month ago.The question was posed amid reports that Russia within the framework of military-technical cooperation in the near future plans to put Syria S-300 “Favorite”. Kommersant wrote about this with reference to two military-diplomatic sources on April 23. According to sources, S-300 components, including radar stations, transport-loading machines, control posts and launchers, will be delivered to Syria by military transport aircraft or by ships of the Russian Navy. On the same day, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the S-300 SAM systems in Syria would be destroyed if they acted against Israeli aircraft.
Initially, Moscow’s readiness to supply Damascus S-300 was announced by Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, on April 14. On that day, a coalition of the United States, as well as Great Britain and France, struck a missile in Syria. The possible supply of Syrian S-300 complexes was also confirmed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.